Dallas Cowboys draft leaves more questions than answers
By Tyrone Starr
What I did not like, Part II
- Using their third round pick on an offensive lineman.
Going into Day Two, as previously mentioned, the Dallas Cowboys only had six picks in the entire draft, one each in rounds two and three.
I already discussed the error in choosing Hill over Thornhill in round two. In round three, Dallas chose offensive lineman Connor McGovern.
Now, I am confident that McGovern will be a good player in this league. He’ll likely even eventually be a starter on this team. These are all obviously good things.
My problem with this selection is mostly due to 2019. There is a better than good chance that McGovern never sees the field this year. For a team attempting to compete for a championship, using a top 100 pick on a guy who won’t contribute all year seems odd at best.
Last time I checked, there are only five offensive linemen on the field for about 95% of the plays.
Dallas currently employs La’el Collins at right tackle, Tyron Smith at left tackle, Travis Frederick at center with Zack Martin at left guard.
Last year, they selected Connor Williams in the second round who will likely round out the starting five. They also have Joe Looney, Cameron Fleming and Xavier Su’a-Filo as backups.
That’s eight offensive linemen, not counting McGovern. Most teams only make eight active on game days. If McGovern ever makes the game day roster, it will either be because he beat out Su’a-Filo for a bench spot or someone is injured. That’s not exactly contribution.
Now, I get the idea is to provide insurance if/when Collins gets paid in 2020 by someone other than Dallas. My issue is that there is another draft next year which would allow you to address that problem at that time. Surely, there will another offensive lineman available whenever Dallas drafts in 2020.
Did the Dallas Cowboys draft well in 2019? We likely won’t know until 2022. Obviously, every draft has something you can nitpick. Unfortunately, this draft produced serious concerns for me.
This front office has earned the benefit of the doubt after several solid drafts in succession over the past five years. Still, this one seems like it could have been easily looked as another success instead of a huge question mark.